Florence is home to 451 (2019) residents, and enjoys a small community atmosphere. The town sits south of intersecting highways US-77 and US-50, making for easy commutes to work or surrounding cities like McPherson, Wichita and Newton. Start shopping for Florence, KS real estate for sale.
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Florence students attend school in the Marion-Florence Unified School District 408. Total enrollment for USD 408 as of 2015 is 550. Students can participate in a variety of activities including track, football and golf. Find homes in Florence by school district.
Highways US-77 and US-50 intersect just north of Florence. Newton is under 35 minutes away, and McPherson and downtown Wichita are both under an hour from town. Browse the newest real estate listings in Florence, KS.
The Florence Town Company was a group of men who learned of the proposed route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad who decided on a town site where the railroad would cross the Cottonwood River. The Florence Town Company was organized in 1870. The new town site was named Florence in honor of Samuel Crawford's daughter. The investment of these men was sound reasoning. For quite a while Florence would be the only town in Marion County with a railroad.
In early 1871, the blocks of the new town site were laid out and staked. Early Florence settlers had few comforts. Grocers set up shop in tents. The bank was making loans and deposits in a shed while many families were still living in the wagons in which they rode into town. Hotel accommodations were rugged with travelers staying in a room with two beds, three men to a bed. The only permanent house in the town at the time was a two-story house built by Mahlon Riggs.
When the AT&SF railroad arrived in Florence on May 11, 1871, the town of Florence began its rapid growth. Houses and businesses began appearing and the town began to take shape. More blocks were laid out and staked, and the addition of the Kimball and Barker areas were added in 1871 and 1872. The town of Florence was incorporated on June 12, 1872. The population continued to grow to its peak size in May 1921 of 2,000-3,000 people.
The first thing to catch your eye when arriving at Florence from the south or west will be the historic Water Tower. From there, after visiting the restaurants or the Harvey House Museum, there is more to explore at our City Springs and Hillcrest Cemetery. And be sure to do some souvenir shopping at the Mercantile before leaving town! Another local interest is our Florence Memorial High School Alumni Association, which is the oldest operating in the state of Kansas. Every Memorial Day weekend we welcome the alumni to town for the annual banquet.
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